Good news: You have until 2018 to worry about another doorman strike
By Lucy Cohen Blatter |April 14, 2014 - 8:59AM
Phew, the doormen are staying put. A whole nine days before their contract expired, SEIU Local 32BJ, the union representing residential building service workers in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, the group that represents property managers and building owners, avoiding a strike. The fact that both sides came to a deal so soon is a bit of a surprise; typically, negotiations go to the 11th hour.
The four-year agreement covers over 30,000 staffers, including doormen, porters, handymen and superintendents, who work in more than 3,000 rentals, co-ops and condos.
So what will the workers get? An average wage increase of 2.71 percent each year over the four-year contract, around 11.3 percent total, bringing the pay for a typical doorman or porter from $44,389 to $49,402 a year by 2018 (when you have to worry about another strike all over again). The deal also fully protects the benefits packages that 32BJ members receive.
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